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Composed in medieval Iceland, Hrolf’s Saga is one of the greatest of all mythic- legendary sagas, relating half-fantastical events that were said to have occurred . Hrolf Kraki’s Saga has ratings and 50 reviews. Lyn said: Poul Anderson has demonstrated his passion for Norse mythology in several of his works and t. The Saga of Hrolf Kraki (Hrólfs saga kraka) is a 13th century Icelandic Legendary Saga about the legendary Danish king Hrolf Kraki, who would have .

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This retelling of the Danish Sagas by Poul Anderson is very true to the original, even to the point of starting generations before the title character comes on the scene. Jul 17, Charles rated it it was amazing Shelves: Anderson delivers on a wonderful tradition of the lore of heroes. I tend to either really like his books, or be left cold by them. The Saga of King Hrolf Kraki.

I may have done myself a slight disservice by reading Bengtsson first, because it did set an unusually high bar for comparing all other Vikingy books, what with its irreverent humor and brilliant storytelling, but I fear that regardless of any comparisons and the majority opinion here, Anderson has done a rather shoddy job of this quasi-modernized retelling of the legend.

Personajes cuyos principios se basan en el honor; hombres que se dejan llevar por la arrogancia, la furia y la venganza, para luego afrontar con valor las consecuencias de sus actos.

I think that Anderson’s greatest achievement here is his ability to convincingly portray the world of the mythic North. Pages with citations lacking titles Wikipedia articles with GND identifiers. Was this book, Hrolf Kraki’s Saga, ever ,raki in hardcover? It is sprawling and yet woven and each seeming digression returns to Hrolf Kraki.

Anderson put his story together I assume he followed the fragmentary source documents more closely than not, so Ktaki believe one will get as respectably accurate an understanding of the Hrolf Kraki myth as one would from any extant source.

The Danish historian Saxo Grammaticus, writing aboutcredits the trustworthiness of Icelanders, who:. Craig, Michael Karageorge, Winston P. Trivia About Hrolf Kraki’s Saga.

Hrolf’s warriors fight valiantly, but the witchcraft of Skuld prevails, and after a long, terrible battle the defenders fall. Outlaws and vikings one assumes the likes of those that harry as a way of life are rather ruhlessly rooted out with fire and sword, and Hrolf and his two greatest companions, Svipdag and Bjarki, are notable for the kindness they show to the helpless and downtrodden, even if it is a trifle gruff and likely to end with an affectionate threat and a cuff round the ear to man up and stop sniveling with gratitude.


Ballantine Books Adult Fantasy Series is proud to presen Poul Anderson has long been known for his love affair with the legends and myths of the great Norse heroes. To view it, click here. The Danish historian Saxo Grammaticus, writing aboutcredits the trustworthiness of Icelanders, who: Books by Poul Anderson. And what a story it is. Thoroughly remarkable from the start.

Jan 31, Lyn rated it liked it. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The gift of a book that does that to you never a thing to be forgotten! This “sowing” of the field of Fyrisvellir later becomes a famous incident in Norse legend. Like Arthur, Hrolf has a sorcerous half-sister who is only part human, hates her brother, and eventually is the reason for his destruction.

In essence this is a novelisation of the fragmentary saga tales of the Danish King Hrolf Kraki. Still, the Saga of Hrolf is not the “Norse version of Beowulf “; both stories have an entirely different plot and are clearly set in mutually exclusive continuities. The novel was nominated for the British Fantasy Award in It looks like it was not published in hardcover but, as we know, Ballantine Adult Fantasy like other publishers that followed the same model, operated under a license whereby it only published paperbacks a year after the original work was released in hardcover.

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Inciting her husband to revolt, they secretly raise an army and rise suddenly, besieging Hrolf in his hall. Our benefit is having someone like Poul Anderson to make the legends accessible to our time.

Views Read Oraki View history. The book was well received by many fantasy fans receiving a nomination for the British Fantasy Award in [1] though it has been criticized on the grounds that its frequent explanations, especially of the characters’ feelings and motives, are incompatible with the saga traditions.

After Hroar’s death a short civil war Hrolf becomes his successor. They had one daughter, Astrid, who is married to science fiction author Greg Eaga.

He builds up the realm and assembles a band of famous warriors, most notably Hjalti and Bodvar Bjarkia were-bear and one of a trio remarkable brothers, the others being Elk-Frodhi and Thorir Houndsfoot. The style sometimes, particularly early in the book, reads like a basic genealogy such as: Hrolf and his twelve hirdsmen remind me a fair bit of Arthur and the Round Table, or the literary Charlemagne and his twelve paladins, though their noted virtue has less to do with any abstract self-image than their own personalities and the fact that King Hrolf doesn’t put up with less.


This is on the grimmer side of his style, though not so bleak as “The Broken Sword”, but readers will find a continuity of style between the two, a feeling that seems that both tales belong to the same world. Tiene algunos detalles dudosos, ktaki en general me ha parecido excelente. The Hrolf Kraki legend shares some of its cast with Beowulf: Up to this point Hrolf himself plays a relatively minor role in the saga. Hrof prose is engaging and colorful and although the book is relatively short, the world and the characters are well developed and well described.

Skuld herself is soon overthrown by an army led by Elk-Frodhi and Thorir Houndsfoot, come to avenge their brother Bodvar Bjarki.

I have not read an actual translation of the compilation of the ancient Danish manuscripts which date from as far back as the s but from the way in which Mr.

Hrolf Kraki’s Saga

A must-read for fans of epic or heroic myths. This gives it an odd feel at time Norse sagas didn’t follow the narrative arcs I’m used tobut it’s full of doomed heroes, ominous magic and mighty men the women aren’t passive but they’re definitely subordinate. Hrolf Kraki is a central figure but one at the center of a tapestry; to understand his story is to must understand his father, mother, and sister view spoiler [hint: The various stories concerning Hrolf and his heroes were first assembled in a coherent, single text possibly as early as the thirteenth century.

Haunted, Yrsa leaves Denmark to wed AdhilsKing of the Swedes, and Helgi is ultimately killed in battle attempting to win her back.

Virtually a fully formed tale in itself, it recounts the fate of Bjorn, the “man bear. Yrsa was set to live as a shepherd, until she was 12 years old, when she met her father Helgi who fell in love with her, not knowing it was his daughter. Picture is retrieved from the project “Old educational posters” at the Centre for Texts in Teaching, the College of Vestfold, at http: